With a catalogue of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Lynyrd Skynyrd remain American musical icons and here showed they still know how to rock as they approach the band’s 50th anniversary.

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The band epitomise southern rock – a mixture of blues-rock and country with a southern rebelliousness and attitude.

On the face of it, their formula is simple – songs about hard liquor, loose women and heartbreak, usually all three. And on this rare visit to the UK they were clearly having a ball.

They arrived fresh from picking up the Comeback Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour. Actually they reformed in 1987, a decade on from the plane crash that killed three band members, but it is recognition that the band seem to have found a second wind and are on a roll again.

Gary Rossington is the only remaining founder member, though vocalist Johnny Van Zant, whose brother Ronnie was killed in the plane crash, and guitarist Rickey Medlocke have been around for the last two decades.

Their latest album, Last of A Dying Breed, continues the tremendous legacy that began in the swamps outside Jacksonville.

New material played in a scintillating set didn’t sound out of place alongside timeless classics Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.

As pioneers of southern rock that rose up in the 1970s, twisting the roots of rock’n’roll by putting country, rock and black music into a melting pot, they still have a unique sound.

Long may it continue. Yee-hah!

Simon Parkin

13 comments

  • shirley ITman, you mean the Sabs and Ozzy's 'paranoid'. As you was there, was the backdrop set the Confederate flag?? I'd hate to think that those southern boys have gorn all soft and politically correct.

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Well I heard some of their new album on the radio in recent months and thought it appalling redneck rock, nothing like the clever '70s brilliant southern rock that made their name. How many of the classic original 1973 band are playing now?..............................

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    Cyril the Canary

    Friday, November 16, 2012

  • The south will rise again! riffing great band which little bro Johnny does great justice for the late big bro Ronnie, the last of a dying breed.

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • They were absolutely fantastic, brilliant, awesome, wonderful........ They arrived late at the gig but still played the full set list, finishing with Freebird which was played for big bro Ronnie and brought the house down! One benefit of them arriving late was that we got an extra half hour from support band Red, White and Blues, including a superb rendition of Led Zeppelin's Paranoid with a guest singer from the audience. One of the best gigs for a long time.

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    IT Man

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Cyril, looks like, from the above report, that Gary Rossington is the only remaining band member from the 70's. The band lost the guy who played piano, Billy Powell only recently. I have all their original albums, can't say I have any albums released without Ronnie on vocals, however, still like to see them live.

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    RoadWarrior

    Friday, November 16, 2012

  • Would love to have been there last night! Saw them in Knebworth in August 1976 they were awesome and blew the Strolling Bones off the stage! It was before the plane crash and they were awesome. Saw them again in the Point Depot in Dublin a couple of years ago on a double header with Deep Purple (who I saw in the Theatre Royal in 1974). They were good that night but the original Band in 1976 were the True Spirit of the South. Just like the Allmans before Duane and Berry died in motorcycle accidents.

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    RoadWarrior

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Did the play " Simple Man" which is by far their best song in my opinion.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • ITman, that vid above shows the stars and stripes...what was you on last night? :-)

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Well I heard some of their new album on the radio in recent months and thought it appalling redneck rock, nothing like the clever '70s brilliant southern rock that made their name. How many of the classic original 1973 band are playing now?..............................

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • nrg..... stop calling me Shirley! - Yes sorry, I was trying to multitask at the time - of course I meant Back Sab Paranoid! The Confederate flag was tied to the microphone stand so it was there but not 'in your face'!

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    IT Man

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • IT man - surely you mean 'Black Sabbeth's Paranoid' and not Led Zeps!!!!!

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    Lord Horn

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Looking at the backdrop no Confederate flag?? politically correct uea students union I wonder? Glad I see em at when they were all sozzled on whiskey and women...Reading and supporting Lizzy at the 'ammersmith' priceless memories....any chance of Ted Nugent playing next???

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Sh*t roadwarrior, you've hit a memory now!! The Allman bro's...big up for the youtube, as I only have buckled vinyl floating around .

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

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